XP is dead, long live XP

For those of us that still use XP, is it time to say goodbye XP? I say “It depends”! If you have an old computer and would like to take advantage of the additional capabilities of newer hardware and upgrade to Windows 8.1, then go for it.

I have a few computers and a variety of Operating Systems – XP SP3, Ubuntu, CentOS, Bash, SUSE,Β  Windows 7, Windows 8.0 and Windows 8.1. I also have an oldish HTC Radar Windows phone 7.8, which I love but thinking about going for Windows Phone 8; mainly because a couple of apps that I’d like to use aren’t available for older versions πŸ™ Like a lot of people, I’m a big fan of XP but decided to upgrade an XP Laptop and an XP Desktop. I dismissed Vista, on the same grounds as Windows Millennium! I had already put Windows 7 on a laptop and it just irritates me every time I use it, even with classic shell installed. So as Microsoft were offering the low cost upgrade to Windows 8.0, I jumped in πŸ™‚ Apart from the “Tile world”, in the main I just loved it, can’t explain why! It looked a bit like Windows 7 but even without a start button it was a pleasure to use and quite quick. I grabbed the opportunity to upgrade to Win 8.1 as soon as it was available and haven’t looked back. OK, it isn’t XP and I’ve had to learn how do things differently. I don’t have a touch screen so many of the “features” of Win 8.0/8.1 are lost on me but would I go back to XP? Certainly not!

When I was a young Engineer (Mech), I bought my first car, an Austin Mini Van. I loved it and cherished it and knew it inside out. I swapped engines, changed gearboxes, replaced sub-frames and learned how to “tune” the timing and the SU carbs by ear. I even painted it by hand, it was a brilliant car. I now drive a top of the range Skoda Yeti (don’t laugh) and love that to bits even though I don’t get my hands dirty any more and can’t be bothered to find out what all the knobs do! Would I go back to my beloved Mini? Not a chance in hell! By comparison, it lacks the refinements that my Yeti has.

Things change, not always for the best but I’ve seen many changes in the computer world since I soldered together my first ZX 80 and then the ready built ZX81. I’ve seen MS “Win” the OS war, even though imo “DR DOS” was better. I’ve seen many a case of the “better” product falling to the wayside and MS doesn’t always get it right but I “get” Microsoft products, even though I sometimes have to resort to geeky tricks to do what I want πŸ™‚

British Leyland stopped making the Mini! Did everyone expect them to continue to make spare parts etc available? XP is 13 yrs old and has been superseded by Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8.0 and now Windows 8.1! Come on, you know what the answer is really!

XP is now like “Trigger’s new broom” (Fools & Horses). His trusty broom was years old and it had only had 6 new heads and 3 new handlesΒ  but it’s still going strong πŸ™‚

If you don’t fancy Windows 8.1, have a look at Ubuntu (or other Linux distro’s) You don’t need to be a complete geek to use Linux these days and most people will find they can do the same job but differently so you’ll have to learn how to do things differently – bit like moving to Windows 8.1 then!

XP is dead, long live XP!